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Ape School, Grandchildren and The Armchairs at The Ox March 6

I saw the sun today, and I didn’t know how to handle it. Things were going so well between us then BAM, gone, no note, no bread train, not even a pair of panties to remember her by. This morning she woke me up though, and I knew it was a sign of spring. Another tell tale sign came when I found out that feel good rockateers Ape School are coming to The Ox tonight. If you are into breezy melodies, laser show-ready synths and charged guitar riffs then this elephant 6-style outfit will fit just right. This show gets even more stacked with the addition of electro-folk wunderkinds Grandchildren. They combine an exciting mix of acoustics, live and produced drums, and crisp samples to create spastic and enamoring pop tunes. Their style recalls the summery jams of Panda Bear and D.C. crew Le Loup. These guys will hopefully blow up soon, but are definitely one of Philly’s best-kept secrets. But wait! There’s more! The proverbial whiz on this fine cheese steak is newly initiated Punk Rock Payroll’s The Armchairs. Their live show rides high on quickie gems that leave you both scratching and bobbing your head. It sounds like a really bizarre indie circus with Gordan Gano as the right leader. Make sure not to miss out on what will be a truly fun evening! The Ox, 2nd and Oxford St., 7pm, $5 donation, All Ages - Adam G.

 

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Weekend Warrior, March 5 - 7

 
Man Man can be a little intimidating to the uninitiated. That bizarre cocktail of Tom Waits, Frank Zappa, and God-knows-what-else makes no apologies for its total bombast, and for its ecstatic refusal to settle down and take itself too seriously. With three albums under their belt already, and now part of the Anti Records roster, they've already secured themselves as one of the most unique (and most popular) Philly bands of the last few years. Most will tell you the best way to experience them is live. Their setup consists of all band members packed in really tight, all sorts of percussion and odds and ends splayed out, ready to be wailed on with a stage presence talked about, but rarely seen. So go see them, and have bragging rights! They're returning to their hometown this weekend, playing The Troc with special guests Javelin and the Skin Cells. The Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch Street, 8 p.m., $14, All Ages myspace.com/wearemanman
 
Other things that might entertain you…
 
Danger Danger Gallery (5013 Baltimore St.) FRI Post Post

North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Jason Ager and Up the Chain, SAT Matt Davis Aerial Photograph

The Khyber (56 S. 2nd St.) FRI Among Criminals and Steppin Razor, SUN McRad, Handsome Petes, Alright Junior

M Room (12 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Suttercane and Workhorse 3, SAT Wissahickon Chicken Shack and The Suitcases
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Sisters Three and The Feverfew

Blockley Pourhouse (3801 Chestnut St.) FRI Agent Moosehead, The Lizard from Mars, Mad Sweet Pangs
Tritone (1508 South St.) FRI Tongue Sculptors, SUN Invisible Friends
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Hezekiah Jones, Spinning Leaves, Kevin James Devine, SAT The Rowdies and Seizure 17
Green Line Café (4426 Locust St.) SAT Patterns and Ominous Black
 
Vox Populi Gallery (319 N. 11th St.) FRI Ryat
 
The Ox (2nd and Oxford St.) SAT Ape School, Grandchildren, The Armchairs
 

 

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RJD2 SOLD OUT at First Unitarian Church March 5

 
One of Philly’s finest RJD2 kicks off the third leg of his tour in the city he loves best. Having come a long way since his mid-west start, former DJ turned producer launched his own label, RJ’s Electrical Connections, in 2009, starting with the re-issue of prior full lengths under its newfound name. A fitting home for his fourth LP, The Colossus, RJD2’s latest marks the tenth year of his career, making the album’s title befitting in chronology as well as sound. Far more grounded than The Third Hand, The Colossus is feverishly expository, coupling textured backbeats and tricked out rhythms with lines only capable of a true wordsmith or visionary. Infusing a number of throwbacks to his earlier work, the album’s thematic core drips innovation while staying true to its creator’s roots. Taking the stage with Break Science and Happy Chichester, RJD2’s set is bound to satisfy. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 8pm, SOLD OUT, All Ages myspace.com/rjd2 - Dianca Potts

 

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Hezekiah Jones and Friends at The Fire March 5

 
Things have been going quite well for Hezekiah Jones (Raphael Cutrufello) and his merry band of Joneses. His latest offering on Yer Bird Records, Bread of Teeth, is just a little taster as he works on his upcoming full length. He’s getting ready to hit the road on a mini-tour in March with Chris Kasper, but before he does he’ll be doing a show at his home away from home tonight at The Fire. You never know who or how many people will be popping up to play alongside Raph, but expect it to be good vibes all around. Also on the lineup is our current band of the month, The Spinning Leaves, the Americana folk stars, who just recently released their full length vinyl, Love, on Ropadope. Rounding out the lineup is Kevin James Devine, who has emerged on the scene in true working man fashion with his debut release Through The Fields. The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave, 9pm, $8, 21+ myspace.com/hezekiah11 (Photo by Lisa Schaffer) - Bill McThrill

 

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Post Post at Danger Danger Gallery March 5

 
Post Post write endearing indie pop that is earnest and accessible with an underlying feeling of constantly fighting for survival or just making it through one more night alone. Michelle Zauner’s sweet, bend but never break vocals is youthful, but her lyrics pack a sucker-punch of maturity. They’ve graduated from Garage Band to a real studio for their upcoming EP. I’m sure that you’ll get a taste of the new tunes at Danger Danger Gallery tonight. Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore Ave., 9pm, $5, All Ages myspace.com/postpostmusic (Photo by Noah Temple) - H.M. Kauffman    

 

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